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The Clyde Sea Lochs and Argyll

Your complete guide to Loch Lomond AND the Clyde Sea Lochs area Helensburgh | Dumbarton | Rosneath Peninsula | Arrochar | Balloch | Balmaha | Clyde Sea Lochs Trail| Luss | Ardlui | Inveraray


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e are delighted to welcome you to the Loch Lomond area and all the many exciting things it has to offer.

This area of amazing beauty and scenery draws visitors from every corner of the world to a place where excellence in food, drink and outdoor activities guarantees a memorable stay. Helensburgh was recently named one of the best places to live and that’s why it’s a great place to visit too. It boasts Loch Lomond on its doorstep in one direction and the fantastic Clyde Sea Lochs Trail to our family village in Kilcreggan on the other. This little town on the Firth of Clyde is also gaining a big name for itself as a foodie destination.

Balloch - 5/7 Dumbarton & Clydebank - 9 Cameron House - 10/11 Balmaha - 12/13 Ardlui & Inverarnan - 13 What’s On - 14/15 Area Map - 16/17 Luss - 18 Ardlui & Inverarnan- 20/21 Arrochar & Tarbet - 22 Gareloch & Rosneath Peninsula - 23 Helensburgh - 25/26/27 Clyde Sea Lochs Trail - 28/29 Inveraray - 31

It offers an amazing choice of great restaurants including our own award-winning tapas at La Barca on the seafront. Then there’s steak and seafood at Cattle & Creel - just nominated one of Scotland’s Best Newcomers to the restaurant scene. After lunch take a stroll along the promenade or head round the loch to the Peninsula for a second serving of stunning views and scenery. It’s certainly worth making time for this treat of a town. Whatever you choose to do during your stay with us we extend the warmest of welcomes to all who visit, and as we say here, haste ye back!

Cara and Milan Nikolic

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Balloch ... gateway to Loch Lomond


has good bus links as well as a regular, half hourly direct train service from Glasgow Queen Street Station. Balloch is a thriving, bustling village where you can enjoy a great range of activities. Visit Balloch Country Park, enjoy

a loch cruise with frequent departures throughout the day or simply wander into the lovely shops and restaurants along the main street. Take a short walk along to Loch Lomond Shores where you will find shopping, dining and family activities.

Three Lochs Way

Golf at The Carrick

Linking the towns and villages to the west of Loch Lomond, this “walking gateway to Argyll” is endorsed by Scottish Natural Heritage and is truly “One of Scotland’s Great Trails”. At 55 km long and rarely rising above 250 metres, the route can easily be walked in 3 to 4 days and with the West Highland railway line never far away, it also offers options for shorter day expeditions. All the information you need is at www.

Cameron House Hotel & Resort

Cameron House. Nr. Balloch. 01389 713655 The Carrick on Loch Lomond is the 71 par course designed by the acclaimed golf course designer Doug Carrick. This stunning course with dramatic landscape straddling the fault lines between the Scottish Lowlands and Highlands with spectacular views of Ben Lomond and Loch Lomond.

01389 310777 Situated on the banks of Loch Lomond, Cameron House extends a warm welcome to visitors who can enjoy fantastic accommodation at the hotel or in a luxury lodge. Sample fabulous locally inspired dining in one of five outstanding restaurants, all open to non-residents, or choose an exciting activity from seaplane flights to golf on the 18 hole championship Carrick course. Or just relax in the award winning spa.

ALLOCH is the gateway to Loch Lomond and the truly stunning beauty that is the area around Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. Getting here is easy. Balloch is less than forty minutes from Glasgow Airport and


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pring is a great time to visit the Loch Lomond area and Balloch is a busy place as visitors marvel at the stunning scenes awaiting them as they arrive in the National Park area. There are plenty of interesting things to do within the town itself as well as a good selection of places to eat catering for most styles and budget. Getting to the area is easy with excellent road links as well as regular bus services and a fast, half hourly train service from Glasgow.

Sweeney’s Cruises

Loch Lomond Gift House 01389 753437 As well as a warm welcome, the Loch Lomond Gift house also offer a fantastic range of souvenirs, clan gifts, jewellery, glass and gifts for all occasions. There is a Highland department with a range of outfits for hire or to buy.

Vale of Leven Swimming Pool 01389 756931 Main Street, Alexandria, G83 0UE Very friendly and welcoming leisure centre offering swimming pool, dance and spin studio and fitness suite with modern equipment and fully trained and approachable staff.

01389 752376 : Be amazed at the sights and sounds of Loch Lomond when you take one of the wide and varied selection of cruises offered by this long established family cruise company. As well as the year round one hour experience cruise, there are longer experiences such as the Island Discovery and Evening Sunset cruises available from April. There is also a Wee Taster cruise departing from Loch Lomond Shores. Waterbus services serving Balloch-Luss (May/Sept) and Luss-Balmaha (May/Sept) are also available.

The Maid Of The Loch 01389 711 865 The Maid of the Loch is a historic Loch Lomond steamship open to the public from Easter onwards. On board there is stunning views of Loch Lomond as well as views of original steamship engineering. There is also a cafe and souvineer shop. Admission is free so well worth a visit.

Visit Scotland Information Centre 01389 753533 The Old Station Building, Balloch, G83 8LQ. Open all year providing a wide range of local information as well as leaflets, maps and timetables and helpful local knowledge.

Loch Lomond Shores Loch Lomond Shores is one of Scotland’s most spectacular visitor destinations, combining a beautiful environment with a superb mixture of leisure and shopping experiences overlooking Loch Lomond at Balloch. Family activities available include Sealife Aquarium, Treezone, mini golf as well as easy access to water sport activities on the loch as well as bike rental. For shopping choose from the world famous Jenners department store as well as Catherine Kinloch, Loch Lomond jewellers and many more or relax in one of the mall’s cafes or enjoy lunch while enjoying the stunning vista of Ben Lomond

Lomond Woods Holiday Park 01250 878123 Lomond Woods Holiday Park is a special place for you to spend your holiday. This 5-star holiday park has been recognised for exceptional quality and service including a Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence award and award, so be assured of a warm welcome throughout the year. New Signature hot tub lodges provide luxurious accommodation for those seeking something indulgent while the range of luxury lodges, caravan holiday homes and camping pods provide options to suit all budgets and styles.


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Dumbarton & Clydebank

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VERLOOKING the River Clyde, the towns of Dumbarton and Clydebank were both noted for their shipbuilding – a story told at the Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank in Dumbarton. Today’s Clydebank has exceptional shopping in its covered mall, the Clydebank Shopping Centre. The town also boasts a large indoor go-kart track at ScotKart Indoor Kart Racing as well as a major golf tuition facility, Great Western Golf, with its family attractions, Jurassic Parrr and the new Skytrail. Dumbarton’s shipbuilding heritage includes the building of the famous clipper ‘Cutty Sark’. Dumbarton Castle on its fortified rock has long guarded the Clyde approaches.

Masala Twist Indian Restaurant


01389 496021 Fine Indian dining available throughout the day and evening. Situated prominently on the A82 at Milton, Masala Twist’s new addition makes a perfect stop on your route into the Loch Lomond area. Open every day for lunch, diner and take away dining, the restaurant offers authentic Indian dishes prepared using the finest seasonal produce for your enjoyment.

0141 9444141 SkyTrail High Ropes is a fun and exhilarating activity for children aged seven to 12 and adults at the Great Western Golf complex.

Auchentoshan Distillery 01389 878561 See the magic behind the making of this unique lowland malt. The aromas and flavour of Auchentoshan are created using a triple distillation process not seen in any other Scottish distillery. Open all year.

Dumbarton Castle 01389 732167 Impressively situated on a volcanic rock overlooking the Firth of Clyde, the castle ramparts offer stunning views as far as Ben Lomond. The castle is open all year.

The Play Drome 0141 951 4321 Abbotsford Road, Clydebank The Play Drome is in the centre of Clydebank and boasts some of the best swimming facilities in the West of Scotland. The leisure pool has numerous water features including a wave machine, river rapids, water canons, tyre ride, fast flume and a beach area. Other facilities include indoor bowls, gym and health suite, squash courts and a multi purpose sports hall.

The Meadow Leisure Centre 01389 734094 Meadow Road, Dumbarton Lovely lagoon style swimming pool with an area for swimming lengths. Fabulous flume and a wave machine add to the fun for all the family. Also offers a well equipped gym.

The Denny Ship Model Experimental Tank Museum 01389 763444 www. Part of The Scottish Maritime Museum, the Denny Tank is a four star visitor attraction showcasing Sir William Denny’s world famous ship design and builder’s facility. The Denny Tank was the world’s first commercial example of a test tank. Open daily.

Great Western Golf and Jurassic Parrr 0141 9444141 Within easy reach of Loch Lomond & Glasgow, Great Western Golf boasts a 72-bay all weather driving range and a premier golf academy. The centre boasts entertainment for all the family, with the skill testing and stunning Jurassic Parrr adventure golf course. Then visit American Golf or relax in the Coffee Club Restaurant and compare scores!





Balmaha ... East Loch Lomond


The Balmaha Experience Make sure you equip yourself with the new Balmaha Experience brochure and map to enhance your visit and ensure you make the most of what beautiful Balmaha has to offer.

Loch Lomond Chocolate The Oak Tree Inn has teamed up with Melanie Neil, a chocolatier based in Helensburgh to produce some unique Loch Lomond Chocolate bars. Sourced from some of the worlds finest ingredients the bars are available from The Village Shop and St Mocha Coffee Shop & Ice Cream Parlour. Already a huge hit, watch out for more bars and products coming soon.

Tom Weir Memorial The bronze statue of popular countryside broadcaster Tom Weir has quickly become a kind of Mecca for walkers from all over the world being visited by thousands annually. The site also now includes new benches and a new mountain garden.

Conic Hill Conic Hill is a sharp little summit rising above Balmaha and is easily recognisable on arrival in the village. Situated right on the Highland Boundary Fault, this short hill walk offers fantastic views over Loch Lomond and its islands. Conic Hill has good access with a good path on the ascent, with steps and is an ideal spot from which to get special photographs of Loch Lomond and Balmaha itself.

There is free parking beside the National Park Visitor Centre. The boatyard hires boats and runs boat trips to nearby island and Balmaha is also home to a micro-brewery and a smokehouse.



ALMAHA is a pleasant and scenic place to visit. Popular with walkers, boating enthusiasts, and a welcome resting place on the West Highland Way. The village is a great place for a day trip with the family.

The Oak Tree Inn 01360 – 870357 Discover a real Scottish welcome at the Oak Tree Inn. Standing in the shade of a 500 year-old oak tree, this unique country inn offers a perfect location for those wishing to simply escape. Family owned, The Oak Tree is a great base from which to explore the stunning countryside or take a boat trip on the loch. Cosy rooms and great food and drink, including their own ales and ciders, smoked produce & ice cream complete a perfect visit!

St Mocha Coffee Shop 01360 870357 A lovely warm, welcoming speciality coffee shop where you will find small batch roasted coffee as well as a range of loose leaf tea and a selection of made home baking including a range of gluten free products. A full selection of homemade Loch Lomond luxury ice cream is also always available to tempt you! St Mocha coffee shop and ice cream parlour is certainly something special to enjoy during your visit.

Luss - Balmaha - Luss Waterbus Operating from May to September, enjoy a scenic cruise along the highland boundary fault line passig the middle islands of Loch Lomond and then enjoy easy access to the beautifull villages of Balmaha and Luss. There is frequent service throughout the day with tickets available to purchase on board. www.


What’s On

Spring/Summer Events ...

All Year Balloch Run ‘n’ Park

Balloch Castle Country Park Every Saturday, 9.30am

April 1 - October 1 The Art of Comics

Kelvin Art Gallery & Museum Glasgoiw

April 9 Tom Hingley Live at Cove Burgh Hall Doors open 6.45pm Charity Event

Masters Pairs stableford

The Carrick Golf Course on Loch Lomond - £85 per pair

April 15 & 16 Easter Fun Weekend

11am and 3pm Bring the whole family along for springtime adventures, nature crafts and a treasure hunt at RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond.

April 15 & 17 Art Exhibition

Luss Village Hall, 10am-4.30pm An exhibition by Scottish contemporary artist Pamela Randal.

April 15 The Great Tartan Skidaddle

This 31 mile marathon covers the Great Trossachs Path from Inversnaid on Loch Lomond to Callander.

RSPB Dawn Black Grouse Safari Glen Finglas, 5.30am - 8am

April 16 Loch Lomond Shores Market 10am to 4pm


April 23

Charity Garden Openings Kilarden, Rosneath, 2pm-5pm Teas served in the church hall. Organ music in the church next door.

Gargunnock House Gardens Gargunnock 2-5pm April 29 Callander Cycle Challenge

Dreadnought Hotel, Callander, 7am-7pm Choose 18, 25 or 48 miles. May 1-30 Charity Garden Opening Glenarn, Rhu, 9am

May 1 Open Day at Linn Gardens

Cove, Noon - 4pm Annual open day to raise funds for this historic garden and arboretum. Teas and plants for sale

RSPB Family Fun Day

Go on a mini-beast safari, try out frog hunting and even make a bug B&B to take home.

Helensburgh Market in the Square Farmers Market 10am to 4pm

May 3

Babcock Helensburgh 10K Start Time 7.30pm Organised by Helensburgh AAC this is a Scottish Athletics permit event.

May 6

Horse McDonald: Careful Cove Burgh Hall, 7.30pm Horse McDonald’s debut play is a tale of triumph over adversity through music.

Scottish National Rhododendron Society Annual Show Gibson Hall, Garelochhead, Noon - 2.30pm Breathing Space Callander 10k One of the most stunning 10k races in the UK.

May 7 Loch Lomond Shores Market 10am to 4pm

May 13 Helensburgh Market in the Square 10am to 4pm Monthly Market in Colquhoun Square Rock by the Loch

Three Villages Hall, Arrochar, 7.30pm Shark Sandwich is the ultimate party band.

RSPB Dawn Chorus

4.30am to 6.30am Experience of dawn bird song in the woodland at RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond

May 14

Players 4 ball Texas Scramble The Carrick Golf Course on Loch Lomond - £189 per team

May 19 + 20

Helensburgh Beer and Gin Festival Helensburgh Sailing Club Real Ale, great cider and now Gin and Prosecco enhanced with a programme of live music

May 21 Charity Garden Opening

Ross Priory, Gartocharn, 2pm-5pm Plant stall in the walled garden.

Loch Lomond Shores Market 10am to 4pm

May 27

What’s On

throughout the area Drymen Show

Showfield, Drymen Bridge, 9am - 5pm Agricultural show with show jumping, a funfair, livestock judging, a Bake Off competition, school football challenge, a craft tent & bands.

May 27 - 29 Art Exhibition

Luss Village Hall, 10am-4.30pm An exhibition by Scottish artist Pamela Randal.

June 1 - 30 Charity Garden Opening Glenarn, Rhu, 9am

June 3 Helensburgh & Lomond Highland Games

Helensburgh Rugby Club Included in the games are the Heavies competitions with events such as Tossing the Caber, Highland Dancing and Athletics

June 4 Loch Lomond Shores Market 10am to 4pm

June 10 Helensburgh Market in the Square 10am to 4pm Monthly Market in Colquhoun Square Vale of Leven 10k and Fun Run Moss o’ Balloch Park 10am June 11 Charity Garden Opening Geilston Garden, Cardross 1pm-5pm

June 16-18 Killin Music Festival

McLaren Hall, Killin 6pm-1am Three day festival of music featuring live bands and artists as well as sessions and workshops

June 17 Rock by the Loch

Three Villages Hall, Arrochar Azure Halo are an Indie/Psychedelic band

Butterfly Safari

11am to 3pm June is when RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond comes alive with beautiful butterflies Email loch.

June 18 Helensburgh Bicentenary Pipeband Championship and Highland Dancing Competition

East King Street Park and Victoria Halls US Open 4 ball stableford The Carrick Golf Course on Loch Lomond - £189 per team

Loch Lomond Shores Market 10am to 4pm

June 24 & 25 Art Exhibition

Luss Village Hall, 10am-4.30pm An exhibition by Scottish artist Pamela Randal.

July 1 - 31 Art Exhibition

Luss Village Hall, 10am-4.30pm An exhibition by Scottish artist Pamela Randal.

July 1 Luss Highland Games

11am onwards in Luss Games Field Traditional Highland games including Highland

dancing, solo piping, wrestling, light field, heavyweights, cycling and running.

July 2 Loch Lomond Shores Market 10am to 4pm

July 8 Helensburgh Market in the Square 10am to 4pm Monthly Market in Colquhoun Square July 15 Loch Lomond Highland Games

Moss o’Balloch park - 10am to 5pm The Loch Lomond Highland Games are a traditional Games held in the village of Balloch

July 16 Rosneath and Clynder Highland Gathering

Howie Park, Rosneath 10am onwards Traditional highland games including tossing the caber, tug ‘o war, track and field and cycling events.

Loch Lomond Shores Market 10am to 4pm

July 21 FrogLife - Dragons on the Move

11am to 2pm Join Froglife and RSPB Scotland for a day of exploring, froggy fun and family activities .July 29

Scottish Pipe Band Championship

9am to 6pm Levengrove Park, Dumbarton Set against the backdrop of Dumbarton Rock and Castle. Players and spectators from across the globe.


Area Map


Area Map

10 things to see and do ... Climb the Cobbler and visit Mansefield Stdio for contemporary crafts in Arrochar Hire a bike or cruise the loch from Tarbet with Cruise Loch Lomond Walk or climb Ben Lomond for amazing views of Loch Lomond. Take to the trees and Go Ape, Aberfoyle or wildlife watch at the David Marshall Lodge

Visit the aquarium at Loch Lomond Shores, sail with Sweeney’s Cruises or taste the beer at Loch Lomond Brewery Explore Balmaha, take a boat trip and enjoy a meal and locally brewed bear at the Oak Tree Inn

Visit Luss village, enjoy local food & drink, walk on the beach. Take a cruise from Luss Pier.

Go horse riding or bird watch in Gartocharn, enjoy a village alk in Drymen

Take a costal tour of Helensburgh and the Clyde Sea Lochs, Cove, Kilcreggan

Enjoy a tour and taste at the Glengoyne or Auchentoshan whisky distilleries

10 things to see and do Food & Drink Campsite Caravans Information Point Fuel Train Station Cycle Hire

Cruise Routes West Highland Way Route Three Lochs Way Route Cowal Way Route John Muir Way Route Cycle Path Major Roads Minor Roads



Luss ...


USS is a picturesque village on the western shores of Loch Lomond. The heart of the village is a quaint street bordered by beautiful cottages running down to Luss Pier, from where boat trips leave in summer. Views from the pier are stunning and to the north are dominated by Ben Lomond. Luss is popular all year round and has some lovely places to relax and

Loch Lomond Arms Hotel Luss Village 01436 860420 The Loch Lomond Arms Hotel is an 18th Century inn set in the heart of Luss. Recently refurbished, the hotel combines history with modern comfort and facilities. There is a cosy restaurant serving seasonal produce, a welcoming bar serving locally brewed ales and now a new seafood restaurant

Loch Lomond Leisure 0333 5770715 Based in Luss, Loch Lomond Leisure cater for small or large groups and offer a wide range of boat tours and activity packages to suit all budgets. Activities include boat tours, boat hire, watersports including water ski-ing as well a a range of onshore activities including biking, hiking, camping and fishing. Ideal for families in search of adventure!


sample local dining. The picturesque church St Kessog’s, is included in the international Green Pilgrimage Network, the only Scottish site to make the list, and is now mentioned in the same breath as international places of worship including Amritsar’s Golden Temple in India; the Dome of the Rock; and other renowned sites in Jerusalem.

The Village Rest Luss Village 01436 860220 The Village Rest is a lovely café bistro nestling in the heart of Luss Village. Located in tastefully refurbished period cottages, there is a fine selection of freshly prepared Scottish and International food as well as an extensive wine list all day and into the evening.

Luss Seafood Bar Church Road, Luss 01436 860420 Set right in the heart of the picturesque village, the Luss Seafood Bar serves the finest selection of Scottish seafood alongside fresh seasonal produce. The menu features beech smoked salmon produced in the village by Luss Smokehouse. The wine list is selected by expert Matthew Jukes. A real treat.

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OPEN 7 DAYS AT LOCH LOMOND & RATED #1 ON TRIP ADVISOR Loch Lomond Leisure can offer a wide range of guided tours and outdoor activities which are suitable for all ages. Advance booking is recommended. Please visit our website for more information & pricing. • Speedboat Tour

• Water-ski

• Canoe

• Boat Hire

• Speedboat Taxi

• Wakeboard

• Kayak

• Bike Hire

• Walking Tour

• Ringo Rides

• Paddleboard

• Fishing

• Island Visit

• Banana Boat

• Water Trampoline

• Archery

freephone: 0333 577 0715

Ardlui & Inverarnan

Ardlui & Inverarnan ...


he hotel at Ardlui was originally built by the Colquhoun family estate in the early 1800s as a hunting lodge, becoming a hotel in 1886 with extensions added before 1905. The very popular and scenic holiday park is next to the hotel. The Ardlui Hotel with its bar, restaurant, loch-side beer garden makes a fabulous place to stay. But if you prefer selfcatering the Ardlui holiday park offers lodges with sauna and hot tub and glamping pods. There are plenty of options for enjoying Loch Lomond with

speedboat tours, watersports, including SUPs and kayaks, and fishing trips. Great ideas for a day trip include taking the train to Ardlui from Glasgow, having a spot of lunch in the hotel or dining alfresco on the covered deck with views of the loch before enjoying a speedboat tour of the loch from top to bottom to catch the train back to Glasgow from Balloch. Or you could spend the day in Ardlui learning how to wakeboard, wake-surf or water-ski or take a stand-up paddle board for a few hours to a deserted beach for a picnic.

Ardlui Hotel, Marina & Holiday Park 01301 704243 The Ardlui Hotel is a small, intimate hotel on the northern banks of Loch Lomond, offering good food served all day using fresh local produce.The Terrace Restaurant, outside heated decking area and beer garden all have fantastic views overlooking the loch.The Lomond Bar with pool table, sky sports and a cosy log burning stove is an alternative if the weather decides to turn a bit chilly!

Loch Lomond Wakeboard Ardlui Hotel & Marina - 07545 561360 Loch Lomond Wakeboard is Scotland’s first purpose built wakeskate & wakeboard school and will guarantee you the ride of your life. Based on the shores of Loch Lomond next to The Ardlui Hotel this activity is fantastic fun for boarders and skaters of all ages and levels set in simply stunning surroundings.


Ardlui & Inverarnan


NVERARNAN lies by the river Falloch at the south end of Glen Falloch, near the head of Loch Lomond. The village developed servicing the needs of steamboat activity and business in the 19th century. Today it is a popular place to stop whilst visiting the local beauty spots, such as the Falls of Falloch or walking the West Highland Way. There are a number of heritage sites near the village including a double stone circle and an ancient boundary stone, Clach nam Breatann or ‘Stone of the Britons’. This stone marked the junction between the three ancient kingdoms: Pictland, to the east, Strathclyde, to the south and Dal Riata, to the north west.

Beinglas Farm and Restaurant, Inverarnan 01301 704281 www. Beinglas Farm is on the West Highland Way. It has a bar and restaurant, a shop, B&B en suite rooms, camping cabins, camping and all facilities required for camping. They have good home cooked food and a varied menu to suit everyone.


Arrochar & Tarbet

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HE picturesque highland village of Arrochar is nestled in the shadow of the Cobbler, beneath the peaks of the Arrochar Alps, at the head of Loch Long. It is a well-equipped village with a pottery and craft gallery, places to eat, various shops, a post office, petrol station, and newsagent. Gateway to the Argyll Forest Park, Arrochar is the natural base for numerous easy to medium grade, as well as more demanding, walks. The Arrochar Alps include four Munros (mountains over 3,000 ft), as well as the famous Cobbler, ideal for the more adventurous hill walker. Several long distance footpaths and cycle trails, as well as a wealth of natural mountain bike trails, are easily accessible.


ARBET is a very popular stop on the West Highland Railway line for walkers, climbers and cyclists. Day trippers can relax down near the pier where there is a large picnic area and visitor centre. Cruise Loch Lomond’s numerous cruises depart regularly from here throughout the year and a seasonal Visit Scotland information centre is situated within easy reach of the village. Down by the pier you can enjoy hot drinks and snacks along with spectacular views of the loch from Café Lochan.

Cruise Loch Lomond

Mansefield Studios, Arrochar

01301 702356 CLL provide a full, year round schedule of cruises and ferry crossings sailing from Tarbet and Inveruglass. Experience the serenity of the northern end of the loch from one of their comfortable craft and be amazed by the scenery you experience.

01301 702956 Pottery studio and craft gallery showcasing ceramics by Tom Butcher, hand made Harris Tweed cushions as well as a delightful selection of jewellery, photography, paintings and other traditional crafts inspired by and hand made in Scotland.

Mansefield Studios ARROCHAR ARGYLL & BUTE

pottery & craft gallery ceramics • textiles • gifts jewellery • photography

tel: 01301 702 956 • sat nav: G83 7AX •


Village Inn, Arrochar 01301 702279 A traditional Scottish pub with welcoming accommodation set right on the shores of Loch Long and very close to Loch Lomond itself. The restaurant serves freshly prepared, seasonal produce in a warm and cosy atmosphere.

Rhu Marina 01436 820238 Rhu Marina is found as you enter the village of Rhu. It is a great place to photograph Rhu Bay and there are many facilities that you can enjoy which include a well stocked chandlery with some unique gift ideas and CafĂŠ Rhu which has excellent, fresh food served all day.

The Knockderry House 01436 842283 With an enviable reputation for excellent food and drink sourced from quality local suppliers, Knockderry House provides its guests with a welcoming and relaxing environment to escape, explore and relax with stunning views and exhilarating walks.

Rosslea Hall Hotel 01436 439955 Located in the heart of picturesque Rhu next to the beach overlooking The Gareloch, the Rosslea is a small but intimate boutique hotel offering quality accommodation with a friendly welcome. There is a well stocked bar and restaurant to cater for your every need.

Linn Botanic Gardens 01436 842084 These mature and enchanting gardens with burn and waterfall, contain many plant collections. Among these are rhododendrons, magnolias, bamboos and little known ferns, The New Zealand mountain daisies are of special note. Open all year.

Gareloch & Peninsula

Rhu, Garelochhead, Rosneath and Clynder, Cove and Kilcreggan

Three Lochs Hostel 01436 810307 The Hostel is based in The Centre 81 Community Centre and can accommodate up to 45 persons with dormitory style accommodation. Tea, coffee and toast making facilities provided. Sheets and kitchen facilities for self catering incuded but please bring your own towels.

The Ardencaple Hotel 01436 820200 The Ardencaple Hotel offers great value pub food and a well stocked bar within easy reach of both Rhu and Helensburgh. Accommodation is also offered. Open all year.


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ELENSBURGH is approximately 20 miles north west of Glasgow. Sir James Colquhoun designed the town in 1780 and named it after his wife Helen. An elegant town, with streets laid out in a grid pattern many of which are tree-lined, the most notable ones with Japanese Cherry. Helensburgh has an outstanding collection of houses designed by

famous architects including Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Leiper and Honeyman

Greenock. The original fly-wheel memorial can be seen on the east seafront esplanade.

Mackintosh’s Hill House is the most well known and sits high above the Clyde commanding fine views over the estuary.

John Logie Baird, the inventor of television was born here, and a memorial to him can be found on the seafront.

Other famous local connections include Henry Bell who pioneered the steamship “Comet”, whose maiden voyage was from Helensburgh to

Helensburgh is a surperb base for visiting Loch Lomond and the surrounding areas and offers a wide range of superb places to dine.

Helensburgh Heritage Trust

Helensburgh Golf Club

The Hill House

01436 675484 www.Helensburgh-heritage. The Trust can arrange guided tours through the town centre which has an interesting history and some fascinating architecture and monuments including Henry Bell and the famous steamship Comet. John Logie Baird, inventor of television was born here.

01436 675505 www.helensburghgolfclub. Fancy golf while visiting Helensburgh? A warm welcome awaits you at Helensburgh GC with fabulous moorland 18 hole course suitable for all levels. To check availability & to book simply contact Fraser at the pro shop who will be glad to assist.

08444 932208 The finest of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s domestic creations, this National Trust property sits high above Helensburgh with commanding views over the Clyde. The house contains a huge range of period furniture and the gardens are a feature not to be missed.


Helensburgh ...

Photo by Derick on the Loch



Helensburgh ... Restaurants, Shopping, History, Heritage and Entertainment Anne of Loudounville 01436 671575 Anne of Loudounville is a destination store for the discerning shopper featuring an eclectic range of designer led jewellery and handbags, ceramics and pottery. A vist will delight and inspire you�


The Scandinavian Shop

Masala Twist

01436 673623 www. Interesting gifts, jewellery, cards and household accessories with a Nordic twist. The Scandinavian Shop has been welcoming visitors for many years, and with a great online shop you can now re-visit any time you wish with worldwide shipping available.

01436 676665 www.masalatwistscotland. Enjoy sumptuous Indian cuisine with a mixture of both classic Indian dishes and others using the best local produce such as venison and haggis. Masala Twist is a busy, popular restaurant serving great food in warm and friendly surroundings.


La Barca 01436 268518 www. Winner of Scotland’s Favourite Mediterranean Restaurant 2014, La Barca is a beautiful, authentic Spanish Tapas restaurant serving a wide variety of freshly prepared dishes made using the finest local, seasonal produce. Enjoy a true taste of the Mediterranean with a selection from the extensive, well-stocked wine cellar.

Rowan Gallery 01436 670721 The beautiful redesigned Rowan Gallery features exhibitions from some of Scotland’s finest contemporary artists in a series of exhibitions throughout the year.

Grasshopper Toys 01436 670806 A traditional toy shop with a slant towards science and education as well as fun and games.

Cattle & Creel 01436 269278 The latest addition to Helensburgh’s dining experience Cattle and Creel was an instant success. This seafood and steak restaurant offers incredible locally sourced food, fine wines and unbeatable service. The open plan cooking area offers diners a real theatrical experience as the chefs create their magic in full view.

Dinos Ice Cream & Cafe 01436 674080 01436 - 674667 A Helensburgh institution, Dino’s ice cream is famous! Made using fresh milkand a secret family recipe you can truly taste the difference. Generations of visitors have enjoyed a Dino’s Ice cream and a walk along the Helensburgh sea front. Make time to enjoy this lovely cafe where you can also enjoy coffee, cakes and freshly made snacks.

The Logie Baird 01436 677766 The Logie Baird Bar & Kitchen is open again under new management and offering a superb range of food and drink in warm and welcoming surrounding. This is a perfect location for family dining during the day and early evening with a great choice of freshly prepared family favourites.Extend your evening into a night out as the Logie becomes a fun place to enjoy a drink and music until late.

The Ruby 01436 674080 One of Helensburgh’s oldest and best loved Chinese restaurants. The Ruby offers a wide range of freshly prepared Cantonese and Peking cuisine served in a delightful upstairs restaurant with stunning sea views, especially at night.

The Scandinavian Shop

Mira Mare

07748541720 Interesting gifts, jewellery, cards and unique household accessories with a Nordic twist. The Scandinavian Shop has been delighting Helensburgh for many years with its collections of products from around Scandinavia as well as Scottish products.

01436 673766 Classic Italian food, friendly service and a good wine list make the Mira Mare one of Helensburgh’s finest places to eat. Choose from traditional Italian favourites alongside daily specials using the best seasonal produce.


Clyde Sea Lochs Trail


Clyde Sea Lochs Trail



nveraray is the traditional county town of Argyll and ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, who founded the town in 1745, alongside his new dwelling, Inveraray Castle. Much of the town, including the church, was designed and built by the

Edinburgh-born architect Robert Mylne between 1772 and 1800. There is a lot to do and see in Inveraray, the gateway to the Highlands and Islands. It offers access to national parks, mountains, glorious gardens and beautiful islands.

Inveraray Castle

Inveraray Jail

01499 302203 Inveraray Castle is the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell. An Inveraray Castle has been standing on the shores of Loch Fyne since the 1400s, although the impressive castle of today was inspired by a sketch by Vanbrugh, the architect of Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard in the 1700s. A fire in 1877 resulted in the addition of the third floor and distinctive fairytale castle conical roofs on the corner towers.

01499 302381 Come and experience one of the finest and best preserved Jail and Courtroom complexes in the world. Explore this unique collection of historic buildings brought to life by real characters from the Jail’s past and free audio guides available in six languages. Step back in time and experience the true stories of what life was like for the men, women and children – some as young as seven – who were tried and locked up here all those years ago.

Dun Na Cuiache

The George Hotel

The Watch Tower on the hill behind the castle is a folly built by the Duke of Argyll in 1748. It has always been a popular place to visit. Today a circular track leads up to the tower from the castle grounds


Inveraray ...

01499 302111 The George has always had an enviable reputation for ambience, friendliness and its cuisine. With its original solid stone flagstoned floors and four roaring log and peat fires, the George is a lively haunt for both local characters and visitors alike with a wide choice of real ales, 100 malt whiskies and an extensive wine list.Food is served all day from noon to 9pm

Brambles 01499 302 252 Having recently undergone an extensive refurbishment, Brambles has traditional Scottish charm mixed with everything you would expect from a city boutique hotel. As well as our famous full Scottish breakfast, Brambles Bistro offers a choice of dining options all sourced locally.


In & Around Loch Lomond Spring 2017  

A handy high quality magazine guide showcasing what's great about the wider Loch Lomond, Clyde Sea Lochs & Argyll area. A must read all visi...

In & Around Loch Lomond Spring 2017  

A handy high quality magazine guide showcasing what's great about the wider Loch Lomond, Clyde Sea Lochs & Argyll area. A must read all visi...